FTC's Definition Of Cyber Injury Getting Broader, Chief Says

By Bryan Koenig (May 17, 2017, 1:16 PM EDT) -- Having done a good job "clearing out the low-hanging fruit" of corporate cybersecurity safeguards for consumer data, the Federal Trade Commission's temporary chief said Wednesday that the agency is now focusing on an expanded definition of what can constitute "substantial" injury to consumers.

The FTC does not base its enforcement of cyber protections on strict compliance with safeguarding standards, acting Chair Maureen K. Ohlhausen said at a cybersecurity law event at Georgetown University's law school, but rather on whether consumers have suffered a substantial harm from a company's actions. And the definition of what constitutes that injury is getting broader....

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